'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2' now available!

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is officially available today from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment! Tucker tracked down LEGO designer Justin Ramsden to talk about how Justin got his dream job, creating Marvel LEGO, and the launch of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.

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Marvel heroes and villains from different eras and realities converge in a cosmic battle!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announce the launch of LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2,” an original, humor-filled sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster game, “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes.” In this all-new, epic adventure, the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror has stolen numerous Marvel cities and locations ripped from time and space to form the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. To foil Kang’s diabolical plans, an elite team of Super Heroes must band together in cosmic battle that takes players on an exciting journey across the Marvel Universe. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by TT Games in partnership with The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment, “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is now available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.

“Packed with signature LEGO humor, ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2′ delivers a huge, intergalactic saga that spans the Marvel Universe,” says Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “The game introduces new features and an incredibly large open world for players to roam and explore, from the mythical land of Asgard to the deep space base of Knowhere and many more imaginative settings.”

“The game offers unprecedented opportunities for exploration and imaginative creative play within the LEGO version of the Marvel Universe,” says Sean William McEvoy, VP, Digital Games & Apps, The LEGO Group. “It’s great to see so many larger-than-life characters, settings, and stories coming to life in this vibrant, beautiful, and epic game.”

“Whether you’re a Marvel fan or a LEGO fan, the collaboration with LEGO and TT Games has produced an original experience that will be fun for all players,” saysJay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel Universe and an all-new mind-bending time manipulation mechanic, this game is sure to provide hours of fresh and authentic gameplay.”

Picking up directly where “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” left off, this all-new sequel features a completely original branching storyline co-written by award-winning comic writer Kurt Busiek. This story brings together a diverse roster of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different time periods and realities including Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Cosmo the Spacedog, Cowboy Captain America, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Green Goblin, Groot, Gwenpool, Hawkeye, Howard the Duck, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, and many more. Players can roam and explore 18 different Marvel locations within the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis, from the vibrant jungle of Wakanda to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, along with Asgard, Attilan, Knowhere, the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, Kang’s Citadel, K’un-Lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, 2099 Nueva York, Old West, The Swamp, and Xandar.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” also features a four-player local multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team in a series of themed challenges and battle arenas.

For players who want to further their adventures beyond the main game, the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Season Pass will include six Level Packs and four Character Packs. The Level Packs feature content inspired by “Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther,” “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War,” “Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp,” as well as comics-inspired content for “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and “Marvel’s Runaways.” The Character Packs, including Agents of Atlas, Champions, Out of Time, and Classic Guardians of the Galaxy, will add more than 60 new characters to the main game’s roster of over 200 Super Heroes and Super Villains. The Season Pass will be available separately or as part of the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition,” which features the main game, Season Pass, early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack, and an exclusive Giant-Man LEGO Minifigure included in the physical version.

For all the latest on “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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The new game inspires a slew of special comic book covers from LEGO!

Do you find yourself craving more awesome Marvel LEGO adventures in advance of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” arriving for all consoles tomorrow, November 14? We’ve got some great news for you gang: with the game comes a whole heaping helping of hyper cool “LEGO-ized” Marvel comic covers!

We chatted with Dan Veesenmeyer, artist extraordinaire behind the LEGO Marvel covers, about his favorites and what goes into reworking such iconic artwork.

Marvel.com: Dan we chatted just over a year ago when “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers” dropped a ton of cool LEGO Marvel covers on us. Now you’re about to do it again? I’ve barely recovered from the last time!

Dan Veesenmeyer: We’re back brother! Bigger and better than ever! Zooming across all time and space!

Marvel.com: This time, as opposed to on “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers,” the team had access to the entire Marvel comic library. Was it a little overwhelming figuring out what to LEGO-ify or were you like kids in a candy shop?

Dan Veesenmeyer: On the previous game, I started off a little nervous and intimidated by all the fantastic Marvel cover artwork that I had to reimagine into LEGO form. That particular challenge was all new to me. So many art styles I’ve admired all my life that had to be reinterpreted. I must have done something right since TT Games asked me back. Thank goodness. When this new project started, I had a lot more confidence and I was dying to let it rip. When I saw all the choices of covers for this round, I was just thrilled. Some selections just shocked yet delighted me. This was a very fun project.

Marvel.com: And you’ve got some pretty obscure covers in this batch; Black Knight, Rawhide Kid, and the Kree Supreme Intelligence all make appearances, among others. Is it important to balance more well-known characters with other lesser known heroes? 

Dan Veesenmeyer: The obvious classics and fan favorites are always fun to see but I personally love the deep cuts from Marvel’s incredible history of covers. As an artist, I love the challenge of drawing something totally unexpected. Additionally, it’s fun to surprise the player and toss in some real obscure [covers] or character choices they’d never guess we would have recreated as they unlock them throughout the game.

 

Marvel.com: Do you have any personal favorites that made the cut? 

Dan Veesenmeyer: I certainly do! I actually suggested a couple of cover choices for this game that were approved. I’m a big fan of the Bronze Age of Marvel Comics so cover art from that era is near and dear to me. INHUMANS #8 [from the 70’s] was one of my choices. It’s just such a classic in-your-face, dynamic rendering of the team by artist Gil Kane.

Another favorite was actually the biggest surprise when presented to me of all the covers for the game: SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #7. A Bronze Age Marvel horror classic originally drawn by John Romita. Never ever thought I’d draw a Marvel horror comic in LEGO form. That was a fanboy thrill.

Marvel.com: What goes into “LEGO-izing” covers? It’s not just as simple as, make the characters LEGO right? 

Dan Veesenmeyer: Correct. Rendering the LEGO Minifigure has its own set of rules I must always adhere to. Not every piece of cover art can be easily translated into the Minifigure form. Some of the more extreme, abstract posing of super hero figures just cannot be translated into tiny limbs. The other challenge is trying my best to match the original cover artist’s style beyond rendering the figures. Some artwork might feature straight up black ink and flat colors while other styles feature elaborate painted backgrounds or Photoshopped special effects. It can take some trial and error to figure out how to closely match with my digital tool set.

Marvel.com: How many covers will players be able to uncover when the game drops? 

Dan Veesenmeyer: We recreated 20 classic Marvel covers for the game’s initial release. And the selection spans every era—from the Golden Age all the way up through modern day.

Marvel.com: What else do we need to know about “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”? 

Dan Veesenmeyer: That the game is made by Marvel fans for Marvel fans. An enormous amount of love and creativity is poured into the experience and it’s all up there right in front of you to enjoy on the screen. Go forth and enjoy True Believers!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” news and interviews and pick up the game tomorrow, November 14!

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The lighting-packed Marvel Studios epic invades your favorite games!

As Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” takes theaters by lightning storm, the epic action comes straight to Marvel games! New content inspired by the film heads to “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” “Marvel Avengers Academy,” and “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2!”

“Marvel Contest of Champions” unleashes two new characters on Battlerealm: Thor (Ragnarok) and Hela. The Odinson looks ready and raring to bring the thunder, wielding a mace, swords, and shield into the Collector’s arena while Hela sports her classic green duds and appears every bit the fell goddess of the underworld that she purports to be. If you can’t wait for their in-game reveal come November, “Contest of Champions” players can already take a crack at the Grandmaster’s Challenge. Jeff Goldblum, aka The Grandmaster in Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has readied his hand-selected a team of champions for battle! Think you can best an Elder of the Universe?

“Marvel Future Fight” brings three new characters to the game starting today: Skurge, an Asgardian warrior with an amazing armory; Heimdall, the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge; and Valkyrie, fierce fighter and skilled combatant. Alongside the new heroes comes new costumes for Thor, Hela, Hulk, and Loki, plus The Grandmaster as a new NPC.

Both Thor and Hulk step out of the alien arena and into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” sporting all their gladiatorial gear and awesome new abilities! Bring your team to the Sakaar Arena to duke it out in a lightning round-style event for rich rewards.

Marvel Avengers Academy

“Marvel Avengers Academy” gets a massive update with five new characters straight out of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok”—Valkyrie, Korg, Miek, Heimdall, and Grandmaster—and one deviously devilish NPC, Hela. And if you’ve been waiting for new outfits, well prep yourself for some serious wardrobe changes. Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man, Falcon, and Enchantress all get new looks.

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will also come chock full of characters inspired by the film, boasting Thor, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Hela, Valkyrie, Loki, Grandmaster, and Kronan Warrior. “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will be available on November 14, 2017 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.

Check out Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” when it hits theaters in the U.S. on November 3, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel games news and interviews.

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TT Games' Arthur Parson joins the show to preview this major gaming release!

With mere weeks remaining until “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” comes to consoles everywhere on November 14, we tracked down TT Games Head of Design Arthur Parsons to get the inside scoop on this exciting gaming experience!

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This Week in Marvel focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Learn more about the Conqueror's family & friends.

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

When examining what may only loosely be called the “history” of a time-traveling being such as Kang the Conqueror, it’s inevitable that questions of family and friends will arise. But where Kang’s concerned, such questions become complicated. To quantify personal relationships when one’s timeline loops back and forth on itself might just be the path to madness.

A very personal relationship of the time-despot’s came back to bite him when he enacted a new plan to rule time by building a phalanx of time-plucked titans he dubbed the Anachronauts and set them against the combined might of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Ravonna, his beloved princess from the future, appeared to him as Terminatrix and revealed her lust for revenge upon him for past injustices. It seemed battle between the two formerly amorous acquaintances fell into the realm of certainty, until Ravonna witnessed Kang fall from a blow from Thor’s mighty hammer and she swept him away to safety when old feelings for him returned.

Ravonna placed the badly wounded Kang into stasis to heal, but when her subsequent scheme to run his empire crumbled under an attack by a being known as Alioth, she summoned the Avengers to aid her. When she also revived Kang, the time-master felt he’d no choice but to once again ally himself with Earth’s Mightiest heroes, but, with the clever soul he possesses, allowed Alioth to wipe out the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, his sworn enemies.

Not long after the event, as we chronal-stuck entities measure time, Kang once again entered into conflict with Immortus, his future-self, and also with the Time-Keepers. When that group tried to force Kang to evolve into Immortus once and for all, a backlash of energy split the two into actual separate beings, setting even more strife between them into motion.

Later, a fully revived Kang mounted the grandest campaign against the Earth he’d ever attempted. With the Scarlet Centurion, a young man he claimed as his son Marcus, the time-despot landed on Earth and proclaimed that he needed to conquer the planet in order to protect it from dire happenings in its near future. The Avengers of course opposed Kang, but fell after immense battles between the Conqueror’s massive forces and Earth’s meager-by-comparison defenses.

As these things happen, a resistance movement arose when Kang erected internment camps across the globe and tightened his grip upon the populace and its heroes alike. In the end, Marcus moved to betray his father and Kang’s defeat came by personal combat between him and Captain America. Marcus rescued Kang from further humiliation, but the defeated Conqueror killed the Scarlet Centurion and reflected that loyal clones seemed to remain out of his grasp.

To rub further salt into Kang’s deep wounds from family and friends, his younger self, not yet on the path to becoming the Conqueror, learned his fate and stole a set of armor to land in the present day and become the hero Iron Lad. When Kang confronted the wayward youth, Iron Lad killed his future image and, realizing his mistake, forced himself to become the very man he feared he’d become.

Check Out: CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #11, AVENGERS ANNUAL #21, AVENGERS: THE TERMINATRIX OBJECTIVE, AVENGERS #4155, YOUNG AVENGERS #16

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See where you can catch your favorite heroes at SDCC!

Look out, True Believer, the superheroes you love – and the supervillains you love to hate – are waging war on your consoles, PCs, and mobile devices! From “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” “MARVEL Powers United VR,” and more, check out the full schedule of where you can find Marvel Games at San Diego Comic-Con!

Below is where you can learn more and get your hands on what’s coming from Marvel Games!

Thursday, July 20:

    • 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Marvel Gaming: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite | Marvel Booth #2329
      Want to know more about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite: tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.

        • 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Marvel Games Panel | Room 6BCF
          Be there as key members of the Marvel Games team take to the stage to share the latest and greatest with you . . . and open the floor to answer your questions! Hosted by Greg Miller, Kinda Funny, Mike Jones, Vice President & Executive Producer, Marvel Games, and Bill Rosemann, Executive Creative Director, Marvel Games, will be joined by special guests Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, Tt Games (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2); Brett Elston, Associate Brand Manager, Capcom (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite); Bryan Intihar, Creative Director, Insomniac Games (Marvel’s Spider-Man); Justin Lambros, Executive Producer, Telltale Games (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series); and Mat Kraemer, Creative Director, Sanzaru Games (MARVEL Powers United VR).

      Friday, July 21:

      • 11:15 – 12:15 PM | Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Panel | Room 6BCF
        Universes merge in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as the collaborative team from Marvel and Capcom discuss the immersive cinematic story featured in the upcoming game. Learn how both sides joined forces to bring the story to life, with iconic heroes from Marvel and Capcom teaming up to battle against a sinister new supervillain who threatens to destroy their newly formed world.

       

      • 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Marvel Gaming: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 | Marvel Booth #2329
        Want to know more about LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.

      Saturday, July 22:

    • 1:45 – 2:45 PM | LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game | Room 6A
      The team behind the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 videogame including Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Justin Ramsden (designer, LEGO), Kurt Busiek (comics writer, Avengers Forever), and Dan Veesenmeyer (comic content artist, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers)-offer an inside look at this all-new original adventure, the sequel to the smash hit LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.Moderated by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos (vice president and executive editor, Marvel Digital), this celebration of the Marvel Universe will provide fans with a first look at a new game trailer, new character and artwork reveals, and exclusive audience giveaways. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 pits players against the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic cosmic battle across the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. The game will be released on November 14.

    Sunday, July 23:

    Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for all the breaking news from Marvel Games at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Follow @Marvel on Twitter, “like” Marvel on Facebook, and watch Marvel LIVE at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 for minute-by-minute updates on all things Marvel. Join the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.

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Death means very little to the Conqueror.

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

When you’re a time-tripping chrono-despot like Kang the Conqueror, death means very little when somewhere out there in the time-stream there’s another you just waiting to take your place and prove their worth. When we last left Kang, he’d been fried crispy by his own overloaded armor, but as the next phase of his history—which may or may not be accurate in your reality—illustrates, you just can’t keep a good—or bad—Kang down.

Imagine the surprise on the part of the Avengers who took part in the Beyonder’s first great “Secret Wars” when they witnessed their old buddy the Conqueror seemingly hale and hearty and on the side of the villains on Battleworld. Doctor Doom himself described Kang as a future version of himself, but when push came to shove, Doom acted on his own behalf, despite any supposed family ties.

That Kang, or maybe another one, later ended up in front of a trio of Kangs who displayed acute unhappiness over their “brother’s” reckless behavior throughout the time-stream. One of them, known as Kang-Prime, executed a campaign to rid the universe of all other versions of himself, which of course brought him into conflict with the Avengers. Turns out that Immortus—yet another Kang of sorts—pulled the strings on Prime’s actions and after driving the guy mad, Immortus walked away, full of himself and his cleverness.

Still yet another Kang—we think—tumbled into an entire arena filled with thousands and thousands of Kangs who called themselves the Council of Kross-Time Kangs and wanted their wayward brethren to join their ranks. That Conqueror ended up in a scrap with a female version known as Nebula-Kang who sought a powerful weapon and, well, it didn’t go well. Not for Kang or anyone else.

Remember that whole Celestial Madonna thing? Kang did and wanted revenge on Mantis—the Madonna—for fouling things up for him at that time. The Fantastic Four got involved and the whole thing devolved into a fight with a being called Necrodamus and a battle between Kang and the Silver Surfer. Later, the Human Torch caught up with that Kang and while under the influence of Nebula, fried the despot in his own armor.

Then, returning things full circle, Kang—well, it looked like Kang!—allied himself with his ancestor Doctor Doom yet again during that whole Infinity War brouhaha. You can bet that turned out as well as that Secret Wars thing for Kang.

Around that time, Kang decided he needed to knuckle down and show everybody once again why he ranked as one of the great villains of all time. And he did…

Check OutSECRET WARS #1-6. AVENGERS (1963) #267269, #291297. FANTASTIC FOUR #323325, #337341. INFINITY WAR #1-6.

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War in the future, the hunt for the Celestial Madonna, and much more!

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

After Kang the Conqueror’s initial defeats at the hands of the mighty Avengers, one might think the chronal despot would’ve learned his lesson. Alas, quite the contrary; he reached new levels of villainy during his subsequent gambits, destroying any credit he might’ve gained previously as an honorable opponent.

The Human Torch and The Thing broke up Kang’s attempt to subjugate King Arthur, Merlin the wizard, and the entire membership of the Knights of the Roundtable during medieval times, but the rogue bounced back not long after only to lose his new time-travel craft to Thor’s anger over his Growing Man android.

The same Growing Man later kidnapped a severely injured Tony Stark from his hospital bed under the direction of his master, which prompted the Avengers to confront Kang in his far-future palace. There they learned of their enemy’s bid to save his beloved Ravonna, a dying princess from the future, by playing the so-called “Game of the Galaxies” against the immortal Grandmaster. Kang enlisted Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to fight for him, but proved his mettle as a scoundrel when he tried to kill the Grandmaster.

The Avengers clashed with such game opponents as the Squadron Sinister and the World War II-era Invaders, but in the end, they won their freedom with the help of The Black Knight. Despite his good intentions to rescue Ravonna from the brink of death, Kang instead failed in the challenge and the princess continued to cling to only a shred of life.

After a senseless scramble to use The Hulk to invade the year 1917 and a war in the 23rd century with Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, the Conqueror pulled out all stops to seek out and seduce to his side the legendary Celestial Madonna. Operating out of the old pyramid of one of his alternate previous selves, Rama-Tut, Kang abducted three women from Avengers Mansion and waged war against the heroes with his Legion of the Unliving until the heroes allied themselves with Immortus, yet another time-version of their foe.

The Vietnamese heroine Mantis stood revealed as the Celestial Madonna, but managed to elude Kang’s clutches. The despot trapped the archer Hawkeye in the Old West of 1873, prompting Thor, Moondragon, and Immortus to travel there to mount a rescue. When Thor battled Kang for past and present grievances, the fight rang out over the land until the time lord’s armor overloaded and he seeming perished in a massive dispersal of his personal atoms. Immortus noted that with Kang gone, both he and Rama-Tut would never exist, and so to prove his theory, he faded away into nothingness before the startled eyes of the Avengers.

Check Out: STRANGE TALES #134, THOR #140, AVENGERS (1963) #6977, #131132, #141143, GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #24, INCREDIBLE HULK #135, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #9-11

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The Conqueror encounters Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the first time!

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

When one examines a being such as Kang, a master of time-travel among other incredible accomplishments, one must remember that what we perceive as a linear progression of history here in the present-day may actually not be so according to Kang himself. Slipping in and out of time along his personal chrono-line, he’s created false representations of his career to modern scholars and historians—in essence, simply because one may encounter the man at one time, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a Kang from an earlier time in his life.

After Nathaniel Richards abandoned the guise of Pharoah Rama-Tut and adopted that of Kang the Conqueror, he entered into direct conflict with the Avengers, and thus created an enmity with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for all time.

His first sally against the present-day Avengers came during the earliest line-up of the team, but also one of their strongest. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Giant-Man, and The Wasp responded to a call from the Pentagon to investigate a UFO and instead met Kang in all his new-found glory. The despot explained his past persona as Rama-Tut and then proceeded to proclaim his reign over the planet. The Avengers, of course, defied him and battled until their unfortunate capture.

This first encounter ended when young Rick Jones and his so-called Teen Brigade created a diversion and freed the heroes from Kang’s holding cells, Giant-Man used a new acid-base solvent of his design to destroy much of the Conqueror’s personal equipment, and the despot escaped back to the future to lick his wounds. During the battle, the heroes found Kang to be arrogant, full of his own superiority, and disdainful of anything the present-day could offer next to his own 30th century technology.

Avengers (1963) #8

Avengers (1963) #8

  • Published: September 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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After he realized his mistake in confronting the Avengers directly, Kang later schemed against them by remaining in the future and sending a Spider-Man robot to first lure the group into a false sense of security, and then waylay them one by one. The Conqueror’s plan worked beautifully until the real web-slinger swung in to destroy his artificial doppelganger and help the Avengers turn the tide once more against Kang.

In this second encounter versus the famous team, Kang’s superiority manifested again, but when he realized he’d been defeated, he devolved into near-hysterics, proclaiming everything he’d done “was all in vain.”

Time passed and Captain America took the reins of a smaller team of Avengers consisting of himself, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and The Scarlet Witch, sometimes referred to as “Cap’s Kooky Quartet.” Looking in on them from the future again, Kang reasoned the team’s then-current status made them ripe for his revenge and so transported them to his far-flung century. His mistake manifested in his revelation to the heroes that he’d fallen in love with a princess named Ravonna, and might err in his judgment in any dealings with her. Cap’s team helped the princess in a war between her kingdom and Kang’s immense forces, but in the end those same forces turned on the despot and he in turn allied himself with Ravonna’s people to save her.

This adventure highlighted Kang’s capability to love another human being, despite his high-minded and frankly wicked actions. Sadly, as the Avengers faded away to return to their own time, Ravonna, her eyes open to Kang’s good side, fell dead from an assassin’s cowardly strike. The Conqueror, having failed to conquer love, turned away to harden his heart for the next battle against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Check Out: AVENGERS (1963) #8, #11, #23, #24

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